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IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

Aug. 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election...

Al-Qaida bomb master killed in US strike, officials say

Aug. 17, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, who was behind the 2009 Christmas Day plot to down an airliner over Detroit and other foiled aviation-related terror attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Yemeni officials and a tribal leader said Friday. The killing of al-Asiri deals a...

US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

Aug. 17, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend...

Al-Qaida in Yemen denies AP report on secret deals with UAE

Aug. 17, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's al-Qaida branch denied on Friday an Associated Press report saying it struck secret deals over territories it controls with the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in the country. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula — considered the terror group's most dangerous branch...

Saudi Arabia says it's given $100 million to northeast Syria

Aug. 17, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for "stabilization projects" in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces. The Saudi move was blasted by the Syrian government which called...

New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

Aug. 16, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new leader of Amnesty International says many world leaders, especially President Donald Trump, are rolling back gains made in respecting human rights, with the Trump administration's separation of families at U.S. borders "one of the worst atrocities" seen in a long time. "The...

UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

Aug. 16, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom. The statement by the U.N.'s Working Group on...

Today in History

Aug. 16, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2018. There are 137 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 16, 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan...

Fighting between pro-government factions in Yemen kills 18

Aug. 14, 2018 12:37 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting between two pro-government factions in Yemen has killed at least 18 people on both sides in the past two days, officials said Tuesday, as a U.N. delegation visited children wounded in an airstrike last week that killed dozens of civilians. The fighting in the southwestern city...

Malaysia PM on China, Rohingya, Singapore, graft and sea row

Aug. 13, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad commented on lopsided China-backed projects, treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, the South China Sea furor, a water treaty with Singapore and the country's financial mess in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. Here are...